Eating increased amounts of broccoli could significantly improve osteoarthritis, according to a new study from researchers at the UK's University of East Anglia. The researchers believe that a compound in the vegetable known as sulforaphane may block a specific enzyme that is known to break down cartilage during the spread of osteoarthritis.
Researchers examined a group of mice fed a diet high in vegetables containing sulforaphane. They found that over the course of several years, the mice eating the most sulforaphane enjoyed significantly less tissue damage than those who had not.
"Osteoarthritis is a major cause of disability. It is a huge health burden, but a huge financial burden too, which will get worse in an increasingly aging and obese population such as ours. Developing new strategies for combating age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis is vital, both to improve the quality of life for sufferers and to reduce the economic burden on society," said lead researcher Ian Clark.